The new G4X line features an upgraded microcontroller and communications chip at its core. This combination allows for much faster data transfer of the expanded 512MB of logging data, which is now capable of having up to 250 channels recorded.
While the full line of stand-alone Link ECUs is available in G4X trim, the plug-and-play units are still in the process of being upgraded. Look for the G4X-based plug-and-play applications to come soon, starting with support for the Honda S2000 and the JZX100.
One of my biggest gripes has been that a complete Haltech setup requires a lot of boxes. The ECU, an ignitor module, a separate wideband box. Then, I also have a CAN hub and my power distribution system. That’s 5 devices sitting on the floor, with lots of wires running between them. And that’s assuming you had enough I/O off the main ECU and didn’t need an expander. The new Nexus R5 that was exclusively debuted at the PRI show changes all of that.
Haltech started from the ground up and asked themselves what it would take to run a pro-mod style car with just one box, and this is what they came up with. The Nexus R5 is an ECU, a power distribution module (PDM) and a 2-channel wideband all in one unit. It features four dedicated 25-amp outputs that can be used in a PWM configuration on a proper DTP connector. Want to run injectors, coils, a trans brake, or some other monster kit directly from your ECU? Check.
It also features 12 other 8-amp outputs, but the output doesn’t stop there, because it then includes 18 peak/hold injector drivers that can also be used as low side drive outputs, and then 12 more low current ignition outputs that can also be used as low side drive outputs.
For those challenged with simple math, like me, that’s a grand total of 46 outputs.
Except that it also features 8 low side drive outputs and then 4 push-pull / h-bridge outputs, which mostly is used for drive-by-wire. So technically that’s 58 outputs…
The Nexus R5 then assembles an impressive array of inputs, with 23 analog and 10 pulsed (which can also double as analog) inputs. And don’t forget the 2 onboard wideband controllers which can run NTK or LSU4.9 sensors. Oh, and 3 dedicated CAN ports.
The icing on the cake is that the Nexus R5 even has a built-in WiFi access point so that you can connect your laptop wirelessly to the Nexus’ network for tuning. Oh, and Haltech is releasing a completely new line of software for programming the Nexus, and it’ll be backwards compatible with the Elite series.
I’m feeling a little bit out of breath.
To give you an idea just how hot-off-the-presses this release is, I was trying to maybe kinda get my prestigious tuner friend (who designs electronics packages for IMSA vehicle manufacturers — think TCR) a sample unit, and the folks at Haltech couldn’t even get their own sample units!
This thing is a definite game changer, so keep your eyes peeled and your wallets open.
JE has been producing the SRP line for quite some time. Designed to be a bit of a more budget friendly piston, that doesn’t mean it compromises on quality or features. While the SRP Pro introduces different forging techniques to achieve some lightness, it is still using a 4032 aluminum. Now, the SRP Pro 2618 introduces a race level material construction at a sportsman level price. Combining the feature rich forging of the Pro, the Pro 2618 now adds more durability to the mix. The SRP Pro 2618 is targeted only for domestic applications at this time.
Also this year, JE introduced the Ultra piston lineup. This is the most “feature dense” piston that JE offers today. Combining JE’s standard ceramic coating, lateral gas ports, their perfect skirt, and thicker wrist pins might have been enough. But JE didn’t stop there and decided to invent an entirely new forging technology that they call “aligned grain flow”.
This proprietary new forging technology helps the metal grains to flow around key structural elements during the manufacturing process, allowing the final assembly to be stronger without requiring more material (and thus, without requiring more weight). While the Ultra piston was launched last year, new import applications as well as big- and small-block options are being added to the lineup.